Title: After You
Author: Stephanie Rose
Release Date: Feb 21, 2017
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After You is the final STANDALONE novel in the Second Chances series.
I had the happily ever after . . . until it was gone.
Three became two. And I was alone.
Our time—my time—was over. Alone was the right way to be. The only way. Life was me, my son, and my memories. Until the day I met someone who turned my lonely existence upside down.
This man made me smile, made me laugh, made me ache for his touch.
But I couldn’t.
He shouldn’t awaken feelings I resolved to bury with my husband. But he did.
I couldn’t let his presence make my heart race. I couldn’t let him into our little world, where he fit so perfectly. I couldn’t want Nick.
But I did.
I rescued people. My family relied on me to lend a hand. Everyone thought of me as the fixer, but no one had the first clue how to fix me. Until Ellie.
The freckled beauty’s sorrow was like a well-worn shirt—easy and familiar, difficult to part with—and she wore it comfortably. And though I was hers from the moment our eyes first met, she’d never be mine. I loved her in the here and now, but how did I compete with a ghost?
How can there ever be anyone After You?
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *
~ 5 Live For Today Stars ~
Life is short….so remember to live for today and make every moment count.
That is the overall message Stephanie Rose tried to convey in After You, the third and final book in her Second Chances Series. And she conveyed that message perfectly.
The FEELS that you get while reading this book were off the charts. This book hit every emotion I have. I was laughing, crying, yelling, swooning, blushing and overall just loving this story. To me that is what makes a book a 5 star read for me.
After You is the last book in Stephanie Rose’s Second Chance Series of standalone novels. You don’t need to read any of the other books, but I would STRONGLY recommend it, because this series of books is beyond amazing!!! Each book focuses on having a second chance at love and this book was no different. She covers subjects that an everyday person will encounter or could encounter within in their lifetime. I truly believe this story will touch a lot of people’s lives and hearts. This might hit close to home for many people also, but I think the message she is sending is one many people need to read. What I love the most about her books is that she puts her heart and soul into these stories and the characters we fall in love with. I am actually kind of sad that this is the end of the road for this cast of characters. They will be missed….I guess I’ll just have to reread these books often.
Stephanie has amazing talent when it comes to giving her readers a sweet love story. She makes you fall in love with the characters, so you feel like your emotions are on a roller coaster when drama ensues. This book was heartfelt, and heart wrenching, but also had it’s fun times and it’s sexy times. It was the perfect combination!!! What I really loved is that this book isn’t overcome with excess drama. She added just enough to keep the story interesting and make the reader want to turn the page to see how it all worked out.
As I said earlier, this is a standalone novel and follows the journey of a new couple, but you do see some old faces again in this book. You won’t miss anything if you haven’t read the previous book to this one. I would consider this book a Second Chance AT love story, instead of a second chance love story, if that makes any sense to you. No Nick and Ellie haven’t been together in the past. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t loved and lost before. I loved that this book was about moving on and learning to let go. That even though someone is gone, they aren’t completely forgotten. As with all of the books in this series, the main characters…..Nick and Ellie aren’t the only characters you will fall in love with. The secondary characters are just as great and play a huge part in this story as well. But they don’t take away anything from Nick and Ellie’s story!!!!
If you are looking for an emotional second chance at love story, then this is the book to read!!! Mark my words, you won’t be sorry!! I 100% recommend this book and series to anyone who loves a sweet love story 🙂
“Nick, let’s sit here.” Jack yanked Nick by the hand down the movie theater aisle and pulled him into a seat. Jack plopped down in a seat next to him adjacent to the wall. So much for my son wanting to sit anywhere near me tonight.
“Perfectly good seat right here.” Nick patted the chair next to him. All the theaters had been renovated with leather recliners. Usually, since my son dragged me to the latest kid movie, it was a real fight to keep my eyes open and not drift off mid-movie. I was sure sitting next to Nick for the next couple of hours would keep me wide awake.
“I can’t wait to see Optimus Prime!” Jack exclaimed through a mouth full of popcorn.
“Me, too! He was my favorite when I was your age.” Nick took a handful from the bucket resting on Jack’s lap.
“And I used to drive a car like Bumble Bee.”
“You did?” I squinted at Nick as I took a slurp of diet soda.
“A yellow Camaro.” Nick’s mouth tipped in a sexy smirk as he pushed his seat back.
I bit my lip to hold in a laugh as the lights dimmed.
“You can wipe that smug look off your face. Chicks loved that car.” Nick whispered in my ear. The hot tickle of his breath against my cheek made goose bumps spread down my neck to my shoulder.
“Did you drive around blasting Metallica in your banana-colored Camaro?” I giggled back. “At least they saw you coming.”
He laughed as the opening credits started to roll. “Women loved my banana.”
I sputtered a cough as I choked on a piece of popcorn. Nick shrugged with a sly grin as he settled into the seat.
I leaned my elbow on the armrest between us, and it grazed Nick’s forearm. I jumped at the contact and jerked my hand into my lap, where it was safe. I was catapulted back to my teenage years when the slightest contact with a boy I liked sent shivers up my spine.
Nick wasn’t a boy, though. He was a man—a gorgeous man with unforgettable lips that knew how to kiss a woman stupid. I wanted to touch more than just his elbow. Keeping a level head around him was damn near impossible with adolescent hormones ravaging through my thirty-something body.
Nick laughed at my hands, now frozen on my thigh.
I focused on the screen until Nick pulled my hand back on the armrest.
“We can share, Ella-Jane.” He smirked as he slid his hand against mine and laced our fingers together.
My palms were damp as he brought our joined hands to his lips. He pressed a long, wet kiss to the inside of my wrist.
The bristles of his beard scratched against my skin as goose bumps drifted down my arm. I felt the warmth of his mouth all the way to my toes. My body was enjoying the simple but intimate attention too much at that moment to move my hand.
Something felt wrong holding Nick’s hand around Jack. When I glanced at my son, he was munching on popcorn and oblivious to anything but the robots on the screen. I smiled at Nick, but he didn’t smile back. Illuminated by the soft flicker from the movie, the heat and yearning in his eyes burned brightly. My breathing quickened as his finger blazed a light caress back and forth over the top of my hand.
For five years, I never so much as glanced in another man’s direction. Now, Nick simply holding my hand melted me into a puddle. It was pathetic but spoke the volumes I couldn’t admit out loud.
Stephanie Rose was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and still lives there with her superhero-obsessed husband and son.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a day job in marketing, but she always has a story in her head. Her books are full of swoon-worthy men and feisty heroines.
This lifelong New Yorker lives for Starbucks, book boyfriends, and 80s rock. Her voice is often mistaken for a Mob Wives trailer.